With SILENT LIGHT, Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas (JAPON, BATTLE IN
HEAVEN) delivers an extraordinary, transcendent meditation on love
and religion. To capture the innocence necessary to tell his tale,
Reygadas ventured to a Mennonite community in northern Mexico,
where the inhabitants live like relics from another era. Rather
than falsifying his world, Reygadas cast the film with actual
Mennonites who speak the German dialect Plattdeutsch, which gives
the film an even greater authority--and further establishes a truly
original tone. The story concerns Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), who
is in the midst of a major spiritual crisis. A devoted father, and
a husband to Esther (Miriam Toews), Johan has found himself caught
up in an affair with a waitress named Marianne (Maria Pankratz).
But his connection with Marianne isn't just a physical one; he
fears that he's fallen in love with her. The honest and tortured
Johan confesses to Esther, spurring a series of cataclysmic events
that will test his faith once and for all. From the luminous
opening shot--which is without question one of the most stunning
opening shots ever committed to celluloid--it becomes clear that
this is a much different film than Reygadas's last, the graphic and
blunt BATTLE IN HEAVEN. While it appears that Reygadas was deeply
influenced by Carl Theodor Dreyer's ORDET, as well as the works of
Terrence Malick, SILENT LIGHT is not merely a carbon copy of those
films. It is the work of a visionary filmmaker who is challenging
himself and trying to address genuinely deep human issues.
Beautiful and profound, SILENT LIGHT is cinema at its most
• Maria Pankratz
||137 x 190 x 17mm (L x W x T)
||2 hours, 16 minutes
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